Campground Star: Saddle Lake Recreation Area, Tell City, IN

Saddle Lake Recreation Area

Old State Rd 37
Tell City, IN 47586
GPS: 38.0603, -86.657
Elevation: 570ft
Nightly Rate: FREE

Want to get away from it all, and do it for free? Saddle Lake Recreation Area in the Hoosier National Forest in Southern Indiana “is a hidden gem for free camping in a part of the country where it’s harder to find,” states a 5-star Campendium review.

The forested sites at Saddle Lake Recreation Area in Indiana are primitive and geared toward tent campers, but “we could easily fit our 17′ TT into 75% of the spots, and there is one larger site that had a smaller Class A camped on it,” reported Campendium reviewer “Drivin’ & Vibin’”.

Saddle Lake Recreation Area

The 13 primitive sites are equipped with picnic tables and a campfire grill; a vault toilet is located in the middle of the grounds.

“The campground is clean and well kept,” states the reviewer. “On multiple occasions we saw National Forest staff maintaining the area. The toilet was clean, and the single trash can never overflowed.”

Remote but not isolated, the area receives a strong 4G LTE signal. “Our T-Mobile hotspot allowed us to easily stream and upload data,” stated the reviewer, who also reported that AT&T coverage was reliable “but bounced between 3g & 4g.”

Saddle Lake

The Saddle Lake Recreation Area was one of four that was associated with flood control lakes built along the Middle Fork of the Anderson River. Once a fully-developed rec area, Saddle Lake now offers only a primitive campground, a boat ramp for the lake, and a hiking trail. The Forest Service website says “the scenic, somewhat remote lake is an excellent place to get away from crowds and you will often have the place to yourself!”

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